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Part 2: From Slovenia to Austria
August is ending and I am leaving Ljubljana behind with the same heavy heart I'd leave a beautiful girl to go to work. Seems that even my phone's gps is angry to leave this pretty capital behind hence it sent me on this gravel road without any special reason:
It's all too beautiful to complain except a tricky weather above my head. Cold and foggy conditions doesn't help much but fortunately the beauty of Bled lake surely does:
Far from being a hidden one this gem is definitely among Slovenia's top ones. There's lots of traffic during high season but still worth a visit. Weather can rain anytime soon and I don't risk a full tour of the lake as my next destination is still far North.
As I get close to the Austrian border the route becomes really lovely. Tight bends with great tarmac around those mountains inspire me to finish my tires ignoring all the weight I put on their shoulders. After the border, riding in Austria extends the joy.
Weather feels less threatening now as I head North on the 114:
With beauty in my eyes and nice memories waiting to be registered I make it outside Schlierbach, a town East of Salzburg, were the special and lovely Frommel family is waiting to host me (have a taste of the family here). I arrive outside their impressive house built in the 1300s:
I soon experience the exceptional hospitality of those amazing people. We take a short walk around the town where I picture the Schlierbach gymnasium:
Later at night they take me to the local literature festival. Members of the family are among the organisers of this event which ends with a... rather unusual band playing accordion, various percussion, tuba, classic guitar, mouth harp and a few local traditional ones that I didn't identify.
Check it out: